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August 06, 2005

Tunisair ATR72 Ditches At Sea

Nineteen Lost ANN Real-Time UPDATE 1515 EDT The death toll has risen in the ditching of the ATR-72 off the coast of Sicily. Palermo Prosecutor Piero Grasso told the Associated Press that 20 people survived.

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Sport Pilot Rules And The 'Legacy' Ultralight Manufacturers

What Say The "Old Guys" About New Regs?

By ANN Correspondent John Ballantyne FAA produced a new airworthiness mechanism named Light-Sport Aircraft partly to resolve the perpetually issued exemptions for flight of two-seat ultralights. Also targeted for resolution was the existence of "fat" single-seaters and the inability for American pilots to fly two-seat trikes and powered parachutes for fun and recreation.

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Experimental HondaJet Program Updated At Airventure 2005

Experimental Aircraft Testing Many Honda Innovations

By Ann Correspondent Christopher Armstrong Honda Motor Co. Ltd. unraveled the shroud of secrecy surrounding its experimental jet at Airventure 2005 in Oshkosh, WI, flying the Hondajet in from its home base at Piedmont Triad Airport in Greensboro, NC.

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Diamandis Eager to See Private Spaceflight

X-Panding On The X-Prize

By Rob Finfrock “Risk is the single biggest thing that we’re not doing anymore,” said Dr. Peter Diamandis at AirVenture 2005’s Theater in the Woods. “We’ve become so risk-adverse in society, and that is killing the space program. Governments and large corporation can’t take risks anymore, for fear of congressional inquiries and lawsuits.”

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Report: Failed Pilot Bearing Caused Predator Crash

A failed pilot bearing caused an MQ-1 Predator unmanned aerial vehicle to crash in the U.S. Central Command area of responsibility March 30, according to an Air Force report released Aug. 4.

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Ian Walsh Makes First Trip To Airventure As Lycoming VP And GM

Walsh’s IO-390-X Powered RV-8A On Display

By Ann Correspondent Christopher Armstrong Ian Walsh, who was named Vice President and General Manager of Lycoming Engines last September, may have been looking forward to the opportunity to display his personal RV-8A at Oshkosh for the last 10 months.

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Velocity Ramped Up, Slimmed Down

Learning to Fly Fast

By Rob Finfrock After feeling the wrath of not one, but two hurricanes during Florida's volatile storm season last year, Sebastian-based Velocity Aircraft has recovered to full production status, while operating in a facility approximately half as large as before.

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Cirrus Signs On As Redtail Project Sponsor

Carry It Forward

Like most of us whose lives are so closely associated with the art and science of aviation, Cirrus Design says its philosophy is that the joy of flying should be within reach of everybody. To further that mission, Cirrus has signed on as a sponsor of the Red Tail Project.

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ANN To FAA: How Goes Sport Pilot?

A Few Questions

By ANN Correspondent John Ballantyne The following interview is an exclusive with FAA Manager of the Light Sport Aviation Branch, AFS-610. Martin Weaver is responsible for the overall implementation of the sport pilot and light sport aircraft regulation.

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Air, Inc. Holds DC Job Fair

FedEx, Southwest, UPS and Many Others To Attend August 20

FedEx, Southwest and UPS are among the airlines attending AIR, Inc.’s Airline Pilot Career Seminar, Airline Forum, & Job Fair in Washington, DC, Saturday, August 20th, at the Sheraton Crystal City Hotel. More than 300 prospective pilots looking for airline jobs will get to meet face-to-face with more than 50 recruiters. At least 20 major, national, regional, fractional, foreign, passenger, and cargo airlines attending the job fair are looking for qualified and experienced candidates.

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Something New Underfoot

Tuff-Seal Aviation Flooring Unveiled By Flooring Adventures

There's something new underfoot in the hangar. Flooring Adventures Friday introduced its Tuff-Seal Aviation Flooring line.

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ERAU Stages Pilot Recruitment Event

Workshop Aimed At Drawing Recruiters

"Airline Pilot Screening and Recruiting" is the title and topic of a special workshop on Aug. 29 and 30 in Atlanta. Sponsored by Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and AirTran, the event is open and free to all airline recruiters who are responsible for hiring new pilots.

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Aero-News Quote Of The Day (08.06.05)

"I saw it on impact. It's an awful sound. You're at 1,000 feet, and your first thought is, 'We're going to crash,' and the second thought was, 'We're still flying.'" Source: Lee McEachron, a passenger on board a DeHavilland Beaver float plane that collided with a Cessna 150 over Renton, WA, Thursday. McEachron told the Seattle Post-Intelligencer the Cessna impacted the Beaver on its floats. Two people aboard the 150 -- a flight instructor and his student -- were killed in the mishap.

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